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Cosmetic Dentistry

There is nothing more satisfying then giving a patient the gift of a New Smile.  It’s one of the most important aspects of dentistry.  It’s impossible to overstate the emotional, social, and overall health benefits of beautiful and straight teeth. Nobody should ever have to hold back their smile because of chipped, stained or missing teeth. The office of Dr. Robert Burks offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry services for patients in Winter Springs, FL to create amazing results that will change your life forever.

Types of Procedures

Because everyone’s situation is different, we provide a wide variety of services to ensure we achieve optimal results. Our powerful and professional cosmetic dentistry options include:

  • Cosmetic Bonding - This procedure is perfect for small cosmetic repairs and changes, especially for fixing small cracks and chips on your teeth. (Watch Video)
  • Porcelain Veneers - Veneers are ultra-thin, ceramic coverings that go over your teeth to improve the appearance or protect it from damage. (Watch Video)
  • Tooth Whitening – this is one of our most requested services we offer.We have several whitening options that will whiten and brighten your teeth, giving you a more youthful smile.

We also offer inlays and onlays, Invisalign, and dental implants to our patients.

Overview

If you find you cover your mouth when you smile, or even hold back your smile because you don't want to show your teeth, you should consider what cosmetic dentistry — the art of smile enhancement — can do for you.

Before and After Cosmetic Dentistry.

There's so much that can be done these days to improve the appearance of a person's smile — at any age. From powerful, professional whitening treatments to amazingly realistic porcelain veneers to state-of-the-art dental implants, there's a wide range of exciting possibilities.

The first step in any smile makeover is a thorough dental examination to make sure that your cosmetic problems really are just that, and not a sign of underlying dental disease. Once your health has been established, your smile can be cosmetically enhanced in a variety of ways.

Your Smile Makeover

The most important job you have as a member of your own smile makeover team is to communicate exactly what you don't like about your smile and how you'd like it to be different. Before the first consultation, give some thought to the following questions:

  1. What do you like or dislike about the color, size, shape and spacing of your teeth?
  2. Are you pleased with how much your teeth show, both when you smile and when your lips are relaxed?
  3. Do you want teeth that are perfectly aligned and a bright “Hollywood White,” or would you prefer a more natural look with slight color, shape and shade variations?
  4. Would you like more or less of your gums to show when you smile?

It is extremely helpful for you to bring in pictures you have collected — of smiles you like, smiles you don't like, and/or photos of the way your own smile used to look, if that's the result you're aiming for. Now is the time to get started on creating a smile that will make you feel as good as you look!

Teeth Whitening

Dr. Robert Burks provides a variety of cosmetic dentistry services, including teeth whitening, with safe, viable treatments that will whiten your smile. Based on the method that you choose, you could be surprised that you are able to whiten your teeth three to eight shades in only one hour. A beautiful, white smile can bring you confidence, happiness and improve the impression you make on others.

Having Dr. Burks whiten your teeth in our Winter Springs office will not only work faster than the over-the-counter whitening products, it will also help preserve and better care for your sensitive gums and tooth surfaces. Before we begin any whitening treatments, we examine your teeth to make sure that the tooth discoloration isn’t caused by some other dental condition that needs to be treated. We are happy to answer your questions about the whitening methods that are available to you and which might be the best fit for your teeth. 

Professional Whitening Methods

When you have your teeth whitened by Dr. Burks, you will find that he uses professional-grade bleaching gels in higher concentrations that are not available over-the-counter. We offer our patients two options for teeth whitening:

  • In-Office Whitening —  Having your teeth whitened in our office will give you the quickest results as we are able to utilize the strongest whitening solutions. For this option, we will cover your gums and tooth-root surfaces with a substance that will protect these areas from the whitening solution. Then, we use a thin, plastic retractor that holds your lips and cheeks away from your teeth so that we can apply our professional-strength hydrogen peroxide gel which stays on your teeth for around an hour. When the gel is removed, you will see immediate teeth-whitening results.
  • Take-Home Whitening — Some of our patients prefer to have the advantages of professional whitening combined with the convenience of home treatment. In that case, we recommend our take-home teeth whitening system which may take several weeks. We will create two, thin, flexible plastic mouth trays that we custom-make for you based on the mold of your teeth that we take. You will fill the trays with whitening gel and position one of the trays over your top teeth and one over your bottom teeth and soak your teeth for around an hour at a time. 

Caring for Your Whitened Smile

Once your teeth are the perfect shade of white, you will want to keep them that way for years to come! There are a few things that Dr. Burks recommends to keep your teeth their whitest including:

  • Keep up with your regular oral health maintenance including brushing and flossing every day.
  • Visit our Winter Springs office every six months for your regular professional cleanings.
  • Stay away from foods and beverages that may stain your teeth such as red wine, tea and coffee.
  • If you smoke, quit. Use your new, fresh, white smile as an incentive.
  • Schedule minor “touch-ups” to your whitening either at home or here at our office.

Veneers

Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you. Let’s make a good impression! Dr. Burks offers quality cosmetic dental treatment throughout the Winter Springs area. One of the many services we provide to improve your smile is porcelain veneers.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are thin, custom-made porcelain shells made from tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front, visible part of the teeth. Veneers are one of our cosmetic dental services for correcting chipped, discolored, or stained teeth. Typically, veneers are either made from porcelain or composite resin material. Dr. Burks, your Winter Springs cosmetic dentist, is happy to offer porcelain veneers and the many benefits that accompany them.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a lasting option for natural-looking, beautiful smiles. While there are other veneer options, porcelain veneers offer many benefits that simply cannot be matched by composite resins.

  • Stronger, more wear-resistant
  • Natural looking surface
  • Long-lasting
  • Resists staining
  • Requires less enamel removal than for a cap or crown

Veneer Placement Process

If you decide that porcelain veneers are right for you, the process will take place over a few visits.

  1. Dr. Burks will carefully remove a small amount of enamel from the front of your teeth in order to make room for the most natural placement of the veneers.
  2. He will then take a mold or impression of the tooth
  3. You will work together to determine the best shade for a natural, beautiful smile.
  4. Dr. Burks sends the impressions to a dental lab, where your customized porcelain veneers are created.
  5. At your next dental appointment, he will place the veneers, makes any minor adjustments, and bonds them to your teeth for a lasting smile.

Veneer Maintenance

One of the many benefits of veneers is their similarity to your natural teeth. This comparison extends to the care your veneers require. Veneers, like your natural teeth, require a consistent and healthy oral hygiene routine. This consists of daily brushing and flossing. Additionally, you can protect your veneers by avoiding biting into very hard objects and wearing a mouthguard if you clench or grind your teeth at night. Speak with your Winter Springs cosmetic dentist to learn more about how to prolong the life of your porcelain veneers.

Cosmetic Bonding

If you're dissatisfied with your smile and want to improve it but don't want to undergo extensive dental treatment, cosmetic dentistry can help -- and cosmetic bonding is one of the most convenient options.

What is Cosmetic Bonding?

Cosmetic bonding, also called composite bonding, is a convenient, effective cosmetic dental treatment that can be used to repair chips, discoloration, and other minor imperfections in your smile. It's a fast, convenient procedure that requires very little time in the dentist's chair, and it can completely transform the appearance of your smile.

Bonding is remarkably simple. Your Winter Springs cosmetic dentist simply applies a thin layer of tooth-colored composite resin to the front of your teeth, then carefully shapes and fine-tunes the material to match the appearance of your natural teeth. In the process, we change the outward appearance of your smile and can fix minor issues like chips, cracks, discoloration, stains, and small gaps between teeth.

Composite bonding is a simple, routine procedure, and because it requires no dental laboratory work, we can usually finish the procedure in just one appointment. The procedure generally takes 60-90 minutes.

How Do You Care For Your Teeth After Cosmetic Bonding?

Just like natural teeth, you'll need to take good care of your bonded teeth by brushing and flossing daily, as well as maintaining regular cleaning and exam appointments every six months. Furthermore, remember that the resin used in bonds is susceptible to staining just like natural teeth; smoking, red wine, coffee, tea, and strongly-colored foods like tomato sauce can all stain bonded teeth and should be avoided.

Try to avoid biting your nails, chewing on foreign objects, or using your teeth in any way that might put too much force on the bonding material, as this can cause it to chip. And finally, remember that you can't get teeth whitening treatment with cosmetic bonds. Instead, you should whiten your teeth before bonding so the bonds can be made with a lighter shade that matches your whitened teeth. Luckily, that is also a service we offer here at our office!


 

Tooth Wear

With proper care, your teeth can last a lifetime. But some amount of wear as we age is normal. By “wear,” we mean loss of tooth structure. Wear starts with loss of the hard, translucent enamel that forms the outer covering of teeth, and might, in more serious cases, progress to the softer inner tooth structure known as dentin.

Enamel is actually the human body's hardest substance. It is highly mineralized and non-living, in contrast to bone and dentin which are living tissues. Enamel is highly resistant to wear and chemical attack, as it would have to be given what your teeth do every day: bite, chew, and come in contact with acidic foods and drinks.

Still, it is possible for tooth enamel to wear down for various reasons. Your body has ways of compensating for minor wear. But when tooth wear becomes more significant, we may have to intervene to keep your bite functioning properly and protect your teeth.

Types of Tooth Wear

Tooth wear can result from one or more of these processes:

Abrasion: This is caused by the interaction of teeth and other materials rubbing or scraping against them. The most common source of abrasion is traumatic toothbrushing, meaning that you are using a toothbrush that's too hard or applying too much force when you brush. This can affect the root surfaces of your teeth just below the gum line or the enamel above the gum line. Other causes of abrasion can include improper use of toothpicks and dental floss. Some dental appliances such as partial dentures or retainers that are frequently taken in and out of the mouth can also abrade teeth. Abrasion can also result from a diet loaded with abrasive foods like sun flower seeds and nuts or habits such as nail-biting and pen-chewing.

Attrition: This is an effect of tooth-to-tooth contact, which happens many times throughout the day as your teeth bite and chew food. Biting and chewing normally generate forces between 13 - 23 pounds. Yet people who have clenching and grinding habits (of which they might not even be aware) can subject their teeth to forces up to 10 times that. This can damage teeth.

Erosion: When your teeth come in contact with acidic substances in your diet, the acid can actually erode (dissolve) the enamel on your teeth. Culprits of this kind of tooth wear often include sodas, sports drinks and so-called energy drinks. Certain fruit juices are also acidic. Confining these drinks to mealtimes and swishing water in your mouth after drinking them can help prevent this erosion.

Abfraction: This refers specifically to the loss of tooth enamel at the necks of the teeth (the thinner part right at the gum line). While this type of wear is not clearly understood and the cause is debated in dentistry, loss of tooth structure at the neck of teeth does happen. It is believed to be caused by tooth flexion from biting forces. Abrasion and erosion can contribute to this problem.

Treating Worn Teeth

In order to treat your worn teeth, we need to figure out what is causing the wear. We can accomplish this with a simple oral examination here at the dental office. Once we have identified the cause, we can help you reduce the stresses on your teeth if need be. For example, you may need instruction on gentle, effective tooth brushing techniques; or we may need to talk about your diet. If you have a clenching or grinding habit, we can make a mouthguard for you that will protect your teeth during sleep or periods of high stress.

Depending on how much tooth structure has been lost, we may need to replace it so your bite functions properly and your teeth look great once again. Modern dentistry can successfully — and beautifully — restore the normal shape, appearance and function of worn teeth. Ask us and we'll tell you how!